US Navy Ship Fire Prompts Air Quality Concerns, How COVID Is Affecting Wildfire Season, Pandemic Exacerbates Health Disparities, Border Patrol Gives Asylum-Seeking Mother A Harrowing Choice, Comic-Con@Home
KPBS Midday Edition / July 13, 2020
PHOTO BY MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST 2ND CLASS AUSTIN HAIST / U.S. NAVY
More than 24 hours after a fire started on the USS Bonhomme Richard at Naval Base San Diego, the blaze is still raging. Officials are monitoring the air quality and advising residents to stay indoors where smoke is present. Plus, with the start of peak wildfire season, we check in with Cal Fire about how the COVID-19 pandemic may change the way fires are fought. Meanwhile, the pandemic continues to highlight long-existing health disparities in the Black and Hispanic communities. We trace back some of that history. Also, Border Patrol agents gave an asylum-seeking mother a harrowing choice: give her newly U.S.-born child to social services or return together to Mexico while her asylum case winds through U.S. courts. Finally, Comic-Con had to cancel its annual convention but it is still giving fans a taste of the action, all for free at home.